Hurd State Park
991 acres in East Hampton, CT
Parking: Small lot near 1 State Hwy 439, East Hampton, CT
Trail Map Trails: 8 miles Rating: ★★★☆☆
I first visited Hurd State Park in 2015 and a lot of work has been done since then to make the park easier to navigate. On my first visit the trail map had yet to be updated and blazing was inconsistent. I was able to wind my way down to the river and back managing to miss many of the parts interesting features.
On more recent hikes I’ve captured the main hiking features such the split rock and river vista along the yellow trail. The overlook is along a rock ledge though most of the view is obscured by trees. The split rock is… well a really large split erratic in a small clearing near the overlook.
Peter Marteka highlighted the half-mile long rock jetty on the banks of the river made with two or three layers of huge quarried blocks. Though I saw it from my kayak when I paddled down the Connecticut River in summer 2019 I haven’t viewed it up close.
The trail map above doesn’t show it but you can also connect to the adjacent George Dudley Seymour State Park and Higganum Meadows off the orange trail.
The park is one of the river’s boat camping areas for overnights on the banks of the CT river at its three sites. A permit is required and costs $5 (plus a processing fee) and can be reserved through Reserve America here.
Established as a state park in 1914 when the state purchased the first 150 acres. The park is named for the Hurd family who moved to the property in the 1710. The family built a dock on the Connecticut River near Hurd Brook that was still partly visible in 1950s.
This park was featured in the inaugural 2015 Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge.
Peter Marteka – A River Walk Not To Be Missed (2014)